Help support
Find My Recycler !

ADVERTISING HERE

Costs start from around the same price as a daily paper.
For more info
Click Here
Slash your CO2 footprint by 2 tonnes and Save money at the same time with energyhelpline

Show your support - Purchase advertising here in this 125 x 200 tower advertisement
Help support
Find My Recycler !

ADVERTISING HERE

Costs start from around the same price as a daily paper.
For more info
Click Here
 Washerhelp.co.uk sponsors Findmyrecycler.co.uk
Aluminium Can Crusher - Recycling Tool - Less waste More space.

Illegal waste site operator to pay 115,000GBP

Burning of the waste types seen could harm human health or pollute the environment.


Fire Raging at Moat Farm
Undercover surveillance by the Environment Agency helped to expose the activities of a married couple running an illegal waste site.

Fire Raging

On Weds 10 April 2013, Nicholas Simon Panks was ordered at Norwich Crown Court to hand over £108,000 proceeds from his illegal activity under the Proceeds of Crime Act and to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He was also ordered to pay £7,821 costs to the Environment Agency.

Evidence was gathered between December 2011 and June 2012 of King's Lynn Skips at Moat Farm, Fen Road, Magdalen, in King's Lynn, the court heard.

The site was operated by Panks who admitted carrying out waste operations including the deposit, treatment, storage and disposal of waste without an environmental permit.

He was helped by his wife, Susan Panks, who earlier admitted sorting waste and setting fire to a skip of waste. She was fined £500 and ordered to pay £500 costs.

Earlier

At an earlier crown court hearing Mrs Anne-Lise McDonald, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said the investigation started after a police helicopter showed several skips full of waste being stored at Moat Farm in December 2011.

An officer made a pre-arranged visit to the site in February 2012, and found it clear with hardly any waste. Nicholas Panks said he only ran one skip lorry and claimed he did not take waste back to Moat Farm but to legitimate sites in King's Lynn.

A follow-up letter was sent to him explaining the rules and regulations of running a waste management facility.

Covert surveillance in April and May 2012 showed that waste was systematically being tipped, sorted and burned at the site. Waste being burned included plastics, painted wood, treated wood and mixed waste.

On 20 June, Environment Agency officers and Norfolk Police visited Moat Farm, where they found skips of waste including metal bedsteads, electrical items, plastics, a mattress, soil and broken Tarmac.

Waste transfer notes found on the site recorded 34 loads collected by King's Lynn Skips between 4 April 2011 and 5 April 2012. The income for these loads was around £3,880.

Arrest

Nicholas Panks was arrested by police and claimed in an Environment Agency interview that he was aware he should not take waste back to Moat Farm to be sorted. He claimed he had burned only small amounts of his own waste.

Burning of the waste types seen could harm human health or pollute the environment. Moat Farm is within 150 metres of a residential property and is in open countryside with many small watercourses.

The site has now been cleared.

After the hearing Environment Officer Sarah Melvin said:
"Illegal waste activities like this creates risks to human health and the environment.

"Illegal waste operators undercut legitimate business and lead to an increase in environmental crime.

"Everyone has a part to play to help solve the waste crime problem; if you see waste crime report it by calling our incident hotline or anonymously to Crimestoppers. As shown by this case our specialist Environmental Crime Teams work to make sure that waste crime doesn't pay."
Incident Hotline - 0800 80 70 60

Crimestoppers - 0800 555 111